Algorithms in GCSE computer science CA200 / B05

Start date
29 Aug 19
2 Days
MGL Liverpool, Fairfield House, Binns Road, Liverpool L7 9NE View on Google Map


This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education, and forms part of the Computer Science Accelerator programme 

An understanding of algorithms is fundamental to success in computer science. To reach their full potential, students of GCSE computer science need to be confident in using decomposition and abstraction to solve problems.

This course centres on the core search and sort algorithms; exploring how they manipulate data structures and comparing the relative efficiency of different methods.

You will become skilled using formal maths and logic to design algorithms, and be able to trace algorithms confidently, finding and fixing errors. You’ll become familiar with the execution of algorithms in Python, supporting practical programming tasks.

Mapped closely to the specifications of GCSE Computer Science, the CPD will provide you with deepened knowledge and confidence that your students are equipped for their exams.

This course forms part of a CPD summer school providing an opportunity to complete the Face-to-Face aspects of the CS Accelerator programme in a short time.

This CPD forms a professional learning package in conjunction with CA203 B05 Python programming essentials for GCSE computer science.


Please see below for accommodation and expenses details.


You will gain the required knowledge to help your students:

  • understand and compare algorithms in terms of inputs, processes and outputs, including sorts, searches and string manipulations
  • analyse problems, interpret flowcharts and pseudocode and evaluate the fitness of solutions using test data and logical reasoning
  • trace algorithms and improve them, by identifying and correcting errors
  • design algorithms using written descriptions, pseudocode and flowcharts to solve problems, leading to modular programming of solutions in Python code


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Accommodation is included and can be requested by emailing

Rail travel expenses of up to £200 per participant can be reclaimed.

Lunch is included.

This course is free to all eligible teachers (from English state maintained schools, holding no relevant post A Level qualification).  Ineligible teachers will pay the same fee as a non-maintained school and will not receive a bursary.  Please contact for more information.

By booking on this course you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the National Centre for Computing Education. These can be found here

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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